Digital Realty doubles down on Hong Kong with 24MW facility
Digital Realty, one of the world’s leading data centre colocation and interconnection service providers, is pushing forward with the expansion of its APAC asset portfolio. Yesterday, the company the development of a brand new, carrier-neutral data centre in a purpose-built facility in Hong Kong.
Upon completion, the new 21,000 square-metre building will be a total of 12 floors tall, with eight dedicated to customer deployments. The facility will more than double Digital Realty’s capacity in the Hong Kong market by adding an additional 24MW of capacity to their capabilities.
Digital Realty entered the Hong Kong market back in 2012, with the acquisition of an 18MW facility in the Tseung Kwan O industrial estate. "Hong Kong is a regional leader in cloud readiness and has significant potential for further cloud adoption along with a strong base of customers with an appetite for digital technologies," added Mark Smith, Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Digital Realty.
According to the company’s press release, the new facility, dubbed HKG11, is strategically located in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong's rapidly developing new data centre cluster and the primary auxiliary location outside Tseung Kwan O.
"Our investment in Hong Kong is another important milestone on our global platform roadmap, enabling customers' digital transformation strategies while demonstrating our commitment to supporting their future growth on PlatformDIGITAL," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.
"As we continue to expand in Asia, the launch of our second facility in Hong Kong underscores its importance as a major data hub, providing customers with the coverage, capacity and connectivity requirements to support their digital ambitions."
The move comes at a time when Digital Realty is pushing the expansion of its PlatformDIGITAL service across the region. The company recently broke ground on a new 22,000 square-foot land parcel on June 16. The Seoul facility (Digital Seoul 1) will be the first carrier-neutral data centre facility in South Korea (probably in North Korea as well, to be honest) and have a capacity of 12MW spread over 12 levels.
"South Korea is one of the key digital hubs in the APAC region with a major focus on digital technology and solutions," commented Smith in a recent . "Applications such as big data, artificial intelligence, 5G mobile services and the internet of things are already gaining momentum. South Korea is also one of the fasting growing data center markets in the region and a strategic market for us to enter as the first global provider to build from the ground up."
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.